Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently approved several light jets and helicopters for single-pilot type-rating authorization. To obtain single-pilot approval, pilot candidates must complete special training and meet experience rules. Additionally, aircraft for which a single-pilot type rating is requested must meet certain requirements.
Airplanes newly added to the single-pilot list are eligible models of the Raytheon 390 Premier 1; Eclipse EA500; Embraer Phenom 100 and 300; Cessna Citation 500/525/550 and 560; and the Pilatus PC-24. Helicopters now eligible for a single-pilot type rating are certain models of the AgustaWestland A109; Eurocopter AS365/EC155 and EC135; Bell 212/412/214/222/430/427 and 429; Airbus BK117and EC145; MD Helicopters MD900; and Sikorsky S-76.
The amended regulations are published in the Federal Register of Legislation. CASA has also published an approval instrument to enable operators currently authorized under Part 142, to continue to conduct the flight training on affected aircraft until they are issued a new Part 141 certificate.